Psalm 118:8-9 ~ “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to rust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.”
This has been a time of trusting in the Lord rather than in the princes of financial stability. Tim lost his job – in an unexpected and unjust way – 10 weeks ago. It is humbling to apply for unemployment and WIC (a program that gives cheese, milk, eggs, etc. to small children). It is strange to feel slightly glad for Hurricane Ivan’s timing. Because of Ivan, we are eligible to receive disaster assistance in the form of food, water, and financial aid.
I trust God to take care of us. He will, after all, clothe the lilies and feed the sparrows. Still, I wonder in weak moments why we have to be in this position again. We’ve been in this financial limbo before. Was there a lesson we forgot to learn back then? Did we forget to say “thank you” for something even while saying thanks thousands of times for other things? Or does life just have these random “bumps” in it, and we are to hang on tight through the ride
until the way is smooth again?
I like to find the lesson in everything, but in this trial, I cannot. Except for one: “Put not thy trust in princes,” the Bible says. Don’t trust in a paycheck to come or possessions to remain. Don’t expect money to come in the mail or others to offer help. Don’t trust in those princes. Rather, “trust in the Lord.” Trust in the Lord!
It will be exciting to see God’s plan come to fruition. He promises to “work everything for our good.” Even this bad thing that happened to us will turn out to be good and we will thank God for it one day.
Where will He take our family? I wish I knew. We have no idea what to do, after putting years into the company that let us down. I know so little at this point. But I do know this: God is our Father and we can trust Him!